Having grown up in the Dischord-ian punk scene of Washington DC, Nathan Larson spent the '90s as the aggressive lead guitarist in the controversial love-em-or-hate em Shudder to Think. He split the band in '99 and went on to a create highly regarded scores for such films as Boys Don't Cry, Velvet Goldmine, Dirty Pretty Things, Tigerland, Palindromes, The Woodsman, and Little Fish, among others. This was all well and good, but making passive made-to-order music in such tumultuous times left Larson a little cold, and this summer he reckoned it was time to take some direct action.
Former and current bands associated with Hot One band members include Shudder To Think, Guided By Voices, Girls Against Boys, The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, Mind Science of the Mind, and Escalate.
Hot One observes and aims to continue the tradition of music as a medium for social protest, a la the Clash, Public Enemy, Psychic TV, Woody Guthrie, Minor Threat, the MC5. As well, Hot One fully intends to bring the rock, regardless of content. Hot One takes a bead on both your mind and your crotch, and hopefully hits you somewhere in between.